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So I’ve read Legend and really enjoyed it. I moved on to read Prodigy and I got really bored. I’ve DNF’d after page 128. Here’s why:
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Synopsis: June and Day have fled Los Angeles and are heading east to link up with the Patriots. They are assigned a dangerous mission in order to gain clemency and passage to the Colonies.
The setting is wonderful. I love a good dystopian and in this one we find out more about how America split and became the Republic versus the Colonies. There was a climate disaster, the ice caps melted, half the world went under water and anyone that could emigrated from America. Consequently, America became a totalitarian state of secrecy (think North Korea) and isolated itself from the world. Then a civil war broke out and a war front ran through the middle of the country, dividing it in half. It’s all very interesting and we do get a map this time.
I enjoy these types of science fiction novels. However, this one got really boring. I’m a third through and nothing has happened. We’ve just learned of the plan that June and Day have to carry out and they’ve made their way to accomplish the task. But it’s just very dull and I am not even excited about the plan. I had my friend tell me the ending of this book (she hasn’t read the third yet) and what she told me did not entice me to read the rest of the book or move on to Champion.
While there are a ton of comparisons between Hunger Games and Legend, there are some differences, at least in the first. But I see it moving too close toward HG that I am just not really wanting to continue. So I will leave it at the first one, which was an exciting read. Maybe book 3 is better, y’all can change my mind. However, I don’t feel that I’m missing out and I will be unhauling the series. I definitely want to see this as a movie or show though!
Final verdict: It’s not bad. Marie Lu’s writing is good and flows well, but the story didn’t excite me. The world is interesting and my favorite genre, but I’ve read enough YA dystopians to not feel that I’m missing anything. So, unhaul it is! It’s not you, Prodigy, it’s me.